HARVEST TIME OZARKS FOOD HARVEST – THE FOOD BANK
NEWSLETTER FROM THE O’REILLY CENTER FOR HUNGER RELIEF
GARDENS PROGRAM INCREASES PRODUCE Full Circle Gardens program receives donated land to grow produce When there isn’t enough money for groceries to last to the end of the month, struggling families often turn to less expensive, unhealthy food options. For Pamela and her family, fresh fruit and vegetables are always the first things to go when money is tight. “I just can’t afford it,” she shared at a recent Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry distribution in Springfield. “It’s hard on everyone.” Pamela, 59, lives off disability benefits and just last month took on the responsibility of caring for her grandson, Cage. As a diabetic, she knows that it’s crucial to watch her diet and eat unprocessed foods as often as possible.
“Hopefully with this help I can give Cage healthy meals and actually be able to cook meals.”
-Pamela, 59, OFH client
“For me, it’s the most important because it gives you the healthiest benefits and it’s fresh. It’s everything to me because of my health,” she said of the box of produce she received from Ozarks Food Harvest. “Hopefully with this help I can give Cage healthy meals and actually be able to cook meals.” Ozarks Food Harvest is committed to providing the most nutritious food possible. More than 20 percent of the nearly 16 million pounds of food distributed in the last year
was fresh fruits and vegetables. The Hunger in America 2014 study reported that 84 percent of OFH clients surveyed have purchased inexpensive or unhealthy food when expenses were tight. Those same clients said that the most desired item from The Food Bank was produce. That awareness of the need for more produce, and the success of the Glean Team harvesting 20,000 pounds of produce from area farms in the 2014 season, prompted an OFH Board member to get involved with a unique donation. Board Secretary Dr. Meera Scarrow, and her husband, Dr. Alan Scarrow, co-own Ozarks Natural Foods, a farm east of Springfield, where they produce sustainably-raised beef. The couple had set up 76 raised beds and a high tunnel at the farm, but were unable to use it for mass production. “It’s not something we felt we were ever going to develop,” Meera Scarrow said. “My thought with bringing the land to The Food Bank was increasing produce production, being the backbone of the Glean Team and increasing awareness of farmers.” The donation of land comes just as OFH re-launched Full Circle Gardens. The program helps strengthen the local food system by rescuing fresh produce for those in need, harvesting donors’ fields and gardens and providing assistance through community partnerships to teach clients how to grow their own food supply.
The land at Ozarks Natural Foods now serves as a home base for the Glean Team. Glean Team volunteers and Food Bank staff prepared the beds for crops in early March and began planting within the month. Between the high tunnel and raised beds, Ozarks Food Harvest hopes to grow between 5,000 and 10,000 pounds of produce. For the people that rely on Ozarks Food Harvest, more produce means healthier, home cooked meals. “I am so excited to have this, because I had to struggle with fixing something for supper last night,” Pamela said after receiving food from the mobile pantry. “We had one apple left and Cage got that last night, so this is very, very important.” If you have a garden, consider planting an extra row for Ozarks Food Harvest, and if you are a farmer, contact The Food Bank if you have extra crops for the Glean Team to harvest. Together we can provide nutritious, healthy food to people who are struggling with hunger in the Ozarks.
CHECK OUT HUNGER SETS RECORD Eighty grocery stores partnered with Ozarks Food Harvest during the holidays to help Check Out Hunger, collecting a record $49,786 in check-out lanes across the Ozarks. “While this campaign runs in November and December, we don’t receive all the checks until January and February — but it’s an ideal time for us to receive this kind of gift, because donations drop just after the holiday season,” said Denise Gibson, Development and Communication Director at Ozarks Food Harvest. “This is a record-breaking year for this fundraiser and we’re happy to say now that the final check is in, we’ll be able to provide about 250,000 more meals for our neighbors who struggle with hunger.” Check Out Hunger gives shoppers in more than 50 communities the opportunity to add a $1, $3 or $5 tax-free donation to their bill when checking out at area grocers, including Akin's, Bistro Market, Cash Saver, Country Mart, Dillons, Harter House, HyVee, Murfin's Market, Pennington’s, Price Cutter, Ramey, Rhodes Family Price Chopper, Richards Supermarket, Smitty's, Summer Fresh, Town & Country and Woods Supermarket. The funds raised during the 16th annual campaign will help feed those who access services from Ozarks Food Harvest’s 200 member food pantries and hunger-relief programs in 28 southwest Missouri counties. Every dollar donated to The Food Bank provides five meals for those in need. Last year, Check Out Hunger raised $36,500. This year’s goal was $40,000. Since 1998, the grocer-food bank partnership has collected more than $320,000.
CHECK OUT HUNGER 2014 RAISED A RECORD $49,786, EXCEEDING ITS $40,000 GOAL.
OPAL FOODS DONATED 151,200 EGGS, OR 12,600 CARTONS, TO OZARKS FOOD HARVEST ON MARCH 31.
FARMERS DONATE 150,000 EGGS Ozarks families receive protein-rich eggs right before Easter Just in time for Easter, Ozarks Food Harvest received a donation of 151,200 eggs from Opal Foods, headquartered in Neosho. The Food Bank has received half a million eggs from Opal Foods since the partnership began in 2008. “Eggs are a really important food source for us,” said OFH President/CEO Bart Brown. “Eggs are a great source of protein, and protein is something we don’t get a lot of here in the warehouse. And it’s one of our most requested food items. These eggs will go out to people in our 28 counties, and they’ll all be out in just a matter of weeks.” Amy Simmons, Customer Service Manager for Opal Foods, said this donation is an anticipated event every year for the company. “We really appreciate that Ozarks Food Harvest is committed to the entire region. We like that they service the entire 28 counties in southwest Missouri,” she said. “Opal Foods is based in Neosho, so that means they reach into our territory as well, so it’s a real pleasure to partner with them.” Brown said the annual donation was not only important to The Food Bank, but also to
OFH HAS RECIEVED A DONATION FROM OPAL FOODS EVERY YEAR SINCE 2008.
the clients it serves. “It’s going to be a great Easter for folks all across the Ozarks,” he said. Simmons said Opal Foods always strives to better its communities through donations. “It’s one of our commitments at Opal Foods to build our communities," she said. "We’re really happy that we can partner with Ozarks Food Harvest to Transform Hunger into Hope this Easter.”
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AWARD HIGHLIGHTS THE FOOD BANK'S GOOD WORK Greetings from the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief! I’m pleased to share with you the good news The Food Bank received last month — for the third consecutive year, Ozarks Food Harvest was awarded the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator. Only 12 percent of charities in the country have received four star ratings for three consecutive years. This honor comes from the leading nonprofit corporation that evaluates charities across the country.
FAMILIES LIKE BOBBIE'S CAN PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE THANKS TO GENEROUS FOOD BANK DONORS.
Ozarks Food Harvest scored 99.7 out of 100 possible points on its rating, and notably was awarded a perfect 100 for its accountability and transparency on how charitable gifts are used and tracked. Consider this along with the fact that 96 cents out of every $1 donated to Ozarks Food Harvest is used for food distribution and programs, and every $1 donated can be leveraged to distribute $10 of food, and you have one of the most powerful stewards of your gifts in the nation. I have always known that Ozarks Food Harvest is a reputable charity with high performance standards — that’s why I’m proud to support this organization. A distinction like this affirms the good work happening every day at The Food Bank and its network of hunger-relief agencies. This honor not only demonstrates Ozarks Food Harvest’s transparency, good governance and sound fiscal standing — it means The Food Bank is doing everything it can to solve hunger in the Ozarks and is nationally recognized as a leader for its efforts. For some families, putting food on the table for their children every night is a challenge. Bobbie, a mother right here in Springfield, recently told Food Bank staff, “We don’t qualify for food stamps, but we’re just on that line, so some weeks are harder than others.” The 35-year-old and her husband both work
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CHARLIE'S CORNER full-time jobs to support six children, but sometimes the paychecks don’t cut it. Bobbie shared, “Food is our biggest expense. We spend more on groceries than we do on our house payment in a months’ time, so this is awesome. This will help.” In the last 12 months, Ozarks Food Harvest has distributed more than 16 million pounds of food, providing 13.6 million meals. That increase in distribution means hardworking moms, like Bobbie, don’t have to skip a meal so their kids can eat. Children will have nutritious meals on the weekend when school lunches are unavailable. And seniors with a fixed income will be able to purchase prescriptions and groceries. Your help is vital to continue bringing food to those struggling with hunger. Join me in supporting Ozarks Food Harvest and give Bart or Denise a call today.
UPCOMING EVENTS GIVE OZARKS, MAY 5: 24-HOUR ONLINE DAY OF FUNDRAISING
Donations can be made securely on May 5 by visiting Ozarks Food Harvest's page: giveozarks.org/2015/ozarksfoodharvest.
On May 5, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is hosting Give Ozarks, a 24-hour online day of fundraising that will rally the community around local nonprofits. Ozarks Food Harvest has set a goal to raise $10,000 for the Weekend Backpack Program during this one-day online drive. This event will rely on social media and crowdfunding. Please consider participating in the first ever, community-wide Give Ozarks day.
MILK DRIVE, MAY 30: FIRST OFH MILK FUNDRAISER Hungry families in the Ozarks are missing out on the essential nutrients supplied by milk because milk is rarely donated to food banks — even though it is one of the most requested and nutrient-rich food items at Ozarks Food Harvest. The Food Bank is hosting a kick-off fundraiser for National Dairy Month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 30. Join The Food Bank and families of the Ozarks for a fun day outside at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park with activities, live music and local food.
While enjoying your time with family and friends, be sure to stop by the booths at the event to thank the sponsors — every dollar donated is going directly to purchase milk vouchers for families in the Ozarks. In addition to day of participation, the Food Bank is looking for local partners to sponsor milk for those in need. From $100 to $5,000, your company or group’s donation will make a difference, and there are benefits to accompany your generosity. For more information on becoming a local sponsor for the Great American Milk Drive, contact Madeline at (417) 865-3411, Join TheBrown Food Bank at Panera Breadext. on124.
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DONORS SHARE WHAT MOTIVATES GIVING
BART BROWN, PRESIDENT/CEO
At Ozarks Food Harvest, we rely on you to support our mission with your valued donations. We’re grateful that year after year, you choose to continue to show compassion for people struggling with hunger. While we have heard from some of you personally on why the mission of Transforming Hunger into Hope is so dear to your heart, we wanted to, on a larger scale, ask why you give to The Food Bank. This past fall we asked some of our most loyal and generous donors to participate in our 2014 Donor Survey, which consisted of three questions. I’d like to share the results of the first question with you, our valued donor. These results provide a great deal of insight into your support.
We asked, “What motivates donors to give to Ozarks Food Harvest?” • Hunger awareness in the Ozarks: 38% • Have faced hunger or hardship: 19% • Volunteer at OFH or partner agencies: 18% • Know someone who is food insecure: 16% • Compassion for those who are hungry: 8% • Religion: 8% • Wish to keep dollars local and believe OFH is a good steward of donations: 5% • Are financially fortunate or able: 4% Those who responded to the survey were able to choose more than one factor as it applied to their giving. We were not surprised to learn that nearly 20 percent of you have experienced the struggle of hunger first-hand. One donor shared, “Hunger is as devastating as being seriously ill, without medication. One feels lost and forgotten.” Thirty-eight percent of you said you know hunger is a problem in southwest Missouri. “It hurts me deeply to know of anyone going hungry,” one donor said. Your generous support is truly at the heart of what we do every day at Ozarks Food Harvest. We’re thankful to have your support. We recently spoke with an eight-year-old from Humansville who receives assistance from the Weekend Backpack Program.
He shared, “Because you are helping, you’re awesome to me. Will you keep providing?” On behalf of the children, families and seniors served by Ozarks Food Harvest, I will ask the same question: Will you keep providing? Thank you for your support.
VIEW THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 HONOR ROLL OF DONORS AND ANNUAL REPORT AT OZARKSFOODHARVEST.ORG.
OFH DEBUTS NEW SITE
DENISE GIBSON, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
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After nearly a year of work by Food Bank staff, I’m thrilled to announce the unveiling of a new Ozarks Food Harvest website. Not only does the site have an improved look, but it’s also designed with you in mind. The homepage immediately grabs your attention with a looped video of our distribution center, giving you a behind the scenes look at OFH. Easy to navigate tabs make it simple to flow through the site and learn about who we serve. Our new program pages highlight photos and testimonials from clients so you can see the impact your gifts make. The new agency locator page allows people in need of assistance to easily find a pantry in their county with a new interactive map. This also lets you see how wide Food Bank programs and agencies reach. Everything we do at Ozarks Food Harvest is rooted in our mission of Transforming Hunger into Hope. Our newly launched website was
an investment into that mission. We hope you find the site informative and use it to spread our message to even more people. We can only help the 260,000 people who rely on us every year if people know about the important work of The Food Bank Please share our site, ozarksfoodharvest.org, with your friends and family and spread the good work of The Food Bank. Together, we can solve hunger in southwest Missouri.
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OFH BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mike Pinkston Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.–President Tamara deWild O’Reilly Auto Parts–President Elect Dr. Meera Scarrow Mercy Hospital-Springfield–Secretary TommyWohlgemuth Springfield Grocer Company–Treasurer Todd Sherman Kraft Foods Group–Past President Jim Guthrie Prime Inc. Bob Lawson, Jr. BKD, LLP Mike Mattson Guaranty Bank Matt Miller The Vecino Group Gary Naab General Mills, Retired Jill Reynolds Commerce Trust Company Kenny Ross Morelock–Ross Builders Krystal Russell Spectrum Accounting and Payroll Vault JamesWilson NewStream Enterprises, a subsidiary of SRC Holdings ChadYoung Cameron Insurance JamesYoung Bus Andrews Equipment, Inc.
OFH STAFF Bart Brown, President/CEO ADMINISTRATION Cindy Snow, Administration Director Cindy Boggs, Office Manager Kimberly Hansen, Administrative Assistant MelanieToler, Receptionist DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS Denise Gibson, Development & Communication Director Madeline Brown, Event Coordinator/PR Assistant Cassie Hanson, Development Coordinator Lisa Matus, Development Assistant Lindsey Neddenriep, Public Relations Manager ChristineTemple, Communication Coordinator COMMUNITY RESOURCES Gordon Day, Community Resources Director Dan Bohannon, Retail Store Donation Coordinator Jeremy Clark, Volunteer Coach Christy Claybaker, Community Engagement Coord. Teresa Dixon, Volunteer Coach Casey Gunn, Volunteer Coach Terry Keller, Community Resources Assistant JoleneThompson, Volunteer Coordinator BrianWilson, Volunteer Center Manager MEMBER SERVICES Mary Zumwalt, Member Services Director Jordan Browning, SNAP & Senior Programs Coord. Abbey Hedges, Backpack Program Coordinator Terra Lamb, Agency Outreach Coordinator Linda Leicht, Community Impact Specialist Elise Schreiber, Member Services Assistant JaneTerry, Creative Information Specialist ErinThomason, Nutrition Programs Coordinator OPERATIONS ADMINSTRATION Scott Boggs, Operations Director Mike Doubledee, Inventory Manager Eddie Hicks, Operations Administration Steve Roberts, Transportation Supervisor Linda Smith, Operations Administration Due to growth and limited space in the newsletter, all warehouse and transportation associates on the Operations team are now listed online at ozarksfoodharvest.org.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THESE FRIENDS OF THE FOOD BANK OFH RECEIVES ANNUAL CHICKEN DONATION
MUSGRAVE FOUNDATION REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT A CHECK TO STAFF FROM THE C-STREET CONNECT FOOD PANTRY.
Ozarks Food Harvest received a 6,000 pound donation of Smart Chicken thanks to Tecumseh Farms! This is the 12th year for the donation, which allows food pantries in the region to serve protein-rich chicken to families in need. Smart Chicken’s Feed the Hungry promotion donates one pound of poultry for every 10 pounds of product purchased in November at select Ozarks grocers.
MUSGRAVE FOUNDATION GIFTS $120,000 TO AGENCIES The Musgrave Foundation generously granted $120,000 to 16 Ozarks Food Harvest member agencies. The funding will be utilized for local hunger-relief efforts. Because every $1 donated to The Food Bank is worth $10 in food distribution and services, the Musgrave Foundation’s gift will be leveraged to $1.2 million!
MERCY GIFTS 2,500 BACKPACKS Mercy Clinic gifted Ozarks Food Harvest $18,000 for the Weekend Backpack Program. This donation provided nearly 2,500 backpacks full of 15,000 meals for area children on the weekends. Mercy HospitalSpringfield has been a generous supporter of The Food Bank for more than 10 years, donating over $250,000.
HAMMONS HALL DONATES TO OFH Thanks to Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts for donating $1,200 from its pre-sale tickets of Camelot.
TECUMSEH FARMS' JOE HORVATH PRESENTS THE DONATION TO OFH'S PRESIDENT/CEO BART BROWN.
HEUER FUNDS MOBILE PANTRIES The Heuer Foundation gifted $6,000 to fund six Mobile Food Pantries in the West Plains community in 2015! Since 2006, The Heuer Foundation has funded 15 mobile distributions providing nearly 154,000 meals.
7-YEAR-OLD MAKES BIRTHDAY DONATION Thanks to Josh for donating to OFH for his 7th birthday! Instead of receiving gifts, Josh decided he wanted to be the one giving. His donation of 44 pounds of food and $50 provided 286 meals for those in need.
CBCO AWARDS OFH THROUGH LIFEPOINTS LIFT PROGRAM OFH was awarded $1,000 from the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks for recruiting the most blood donors in January. Through the LifePoints Lift program, blood donors helped provide 290 meals for people in the Ozarks. Thanks to CBCO for offering this partnership and to all blood donors who gave in honor of Ozarks Food Harvest!
OFH EVENT COORDINATOR MADELINE BROWN ACCEPTS A DONATION FROM JOSH AND HIS FAMILY.
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VOLUNTEER & FOOD DRIVE PROGRAMS
FISH DRIVE REELS IN DONATIONS Ozarks Food Harvest asked area churches to host food drives this spring in the hopes of reeling in canned or pouched fish — one of the regional food bank’s most needed food items. The 12 churches and faith-based organizations participating in the drive collected 569 pounds of protein-rich fish! “We’re so pleased with the response from area church groups to this inaugural drive,” said Denise Gibson, Development and Communication Director at Ozarks Food Harvest. “This donation of fish will provide 474 nutritious meals for those in need, and we hope this drive will make an even bigger impact next year.” Event organizers scheduled the canned fish food drive to coincide with Lent, Feb. 18 through April 3. To help increase protein options for OFH partner food pantries, Food Bank staff asked church groups to collect items such as canned or pouched tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines or oysters. “This is the first time we’ve asked for one specific kind of protein item from the public. Canned fish is really a great deal,” Gibson said. “Not only is it a good source of protein, it’s fully-cooked, shelf-stable, low-cost and often packaged in single servings.” OFH plans to host the drive again next year. Churches or faith groups interested in getting involved should contact Terry Keller at email@example.com.
CHURCHES COLLECT FISH DURING DRIVE.
CUBMASTER MARVIN JONES AND SCOUTS FROM PACK 197 COLLECT FOOD FROM A SPRINGFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD DURING THE 26TH ANNUAL SCOUTING FOR FOOD DRIVE.
SCOUTS' ANNUAL DRIVE PROVIDES 15,000 MEALS For 26 years, Boy Scouts in the Ozarks have gathered food for those in need. This year, area Scouts collected 13,529 pounds of food, along with $747, during the annual Scouting for Food drive! This donation will provide 15,009 meals for those in need in the Ozarks. The food will benefit Ozarks Food Harvest and 11 of The Food Bank’s partner organizations. District Executive Ann Wasman shared, “The youth in Scouting strive to become better citizens and Scouting for Food helps them address a need in their community. This is our only Council-wide community event and we are so thankful to have such a great Food Bank to partner with!" In addition to collecting food in residential neighborhoods, Scouts accepted donations from shoppers outside Wal-Mart Supercenter locations in Springfield and Ozark.
SCOUTS COLLECT DONATIONS AT WALMART LOCATIONS ACROSS THE OZARKS.
The Council covers 31 counties in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas. About 135 youth participated by collecting food and cash donations from their communities in March, making a huge impact as Food Bank donations slow in the spring.
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DRURY HOLDS FIRST EVER 'CLASH OF CANS'
DRURY STUDENTS PLEDGE TO RAISE FOOD FOR 'CLASH OF CANS.'
Drury University students held a "Clash of Cans” can-structure event in Februay to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest. Over 2,400 pounds of food was collected, providing 2,000 meals! This was the first year for the event. Student groups pledged the number of pounds they planned to collect during the drive and Drury alumni were also challenged to participate during the spring basketball Homecoming games by bringing nonperishable food donations. Alumni donated an additional 74 pounds of food.
FOOD DRIVES 500+ POUNDS
GROUPS 25+ HOURS
McDonalds of the Ozarks — 41,079 lbs. Springfield-Greene County Park Board — 6,951 Ash Grove Jr. High School — 4,194 La-Z-Boy — 3,896 Spokane High School — 3,699 Dillons (Sunshine) — 2,940 Drury Greek Socialization — 2,407 Dillons (Battlefield) — 2,339 Walmart Holiday Helpings — 2,287 Glazer's — 2,052 The Wooten Company — 1,768 Missouri Title Loans — 1,729 Drury Baseball Team — 1,572 Mid-Am Metal Forming — 1,532 Field Elementary School — 1,455 Scott Regional Technology Center — 1,264 Dillons (St. Louis) — 1,182 Lambda Chi Alpha - Drury — 1,062 Greenwood Laboratory School — 975 Jordan Valley Community Health Center — 911 Crockett Chiropractic — 892 Market Fresh Produce — 868 Neighbor News — 861 Dillons (Kearney) — 778 Ridewell Suspensions — 771 Title Boxing Club — 752 Kingdom School — 732 Communication Solutions — 689 Finnegans Wake — 684 Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild — 584 Strategic Fundraising — 566 Disney Store — 537 Mercy Nurses — 512
Abacus CPAs, LLC Ameriprise Financial/Carolyn Crim Ameriprise Financial Services/ John Rehani Arvest Bank Boys and Girls Town, Sherer Unit CCC Holt Life Group DairiConcepts Faith for Life-Campbell UMC FCCE Youth Group-Illinois Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Forsyth R-III FCCLA Gloria Deo Academy Good Samaritan Step Ahead Program Great Southern Bank King's Way UMC Logan Rogersville FFA Mercy Finance Mercy-ROi Cps Group Messiah Lutheran Church Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Morrisville FFA Chapter MSU Base Program MSU Bear Service Team Northside Christian Church PD Packers Queen City Beard and Moustache Federation Temple Israel University of South Dakota Waynesville HS Key Club Wesley UMC
INDIVIDUALS 25+ HOURS Marisa Andrews James Blackwell Margaret Blackwell Delys Bodenhausen Max Bodenhausen Charley Bowen Trudy Bowen Connie Britain Terry Britain Karla Carroll Gale Clitheros John Cooper Claudia Daniels Patricia Devine Kris Dreesen Arlene Eichler Robert Eisenthal Eltjen Flikkema Charles Foltz Jasper Gain Ann Gouge Ann Hampton Robert Hanson Wil Hardiman Patti Hudgins Julia Jenkins Harvey Kaylor
Sarah Keeth Freeman Kleier Leeman Kleier Linda Lange George Lawrence James Lincoln Susanne Martin Dave McGee Amy Menkel Tess Mercer Joe Meyer Janice Miller Melvie Mosier Carol Mullins Charlene Nelson Kathy Phillips Tom Ryan Lindsey Sapp Ann-Marie Shy Amanda Siess Laura Sims Harley Snyder Vinai Uthipratuma Lona Wait Melanie Webb Von Williams
Nov. 2014–Feb. 2015
Nov. 18, 2014-March 13, 2015
APRIL IS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH Food Bank staff celebrate volunteers yearround, especially in April during National Volunteer Month! In fiscal year 2014, more than 2,400 volunteers gave 23,000 hours of their time to Ozarks Food Harvest. The important work of bringing food assitance to those who need it in the Ozarks could not be accomplished without volunteers. On April 15, Food Bank staff organized an appreciation luncheon for volunteers. The
puzzle-themed event was insprised by the idea that volunteers are an essential piece of OFH. Dedicated volunteers like Harvey Kaylor, pictured to the right, keep The Food Bank running. Harvery reached the pinnacle of 1,000 hours of time donated. He has volunteered for over four years helping sort and repack food and assisting at mobile distributions and area pantries. Food Bank staff extend thanks to Harvey and all volunteers!
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HARVEY KAYLOR, CENTER, WITH OFH'S CASEY GUNN AND BRIAN WILSON
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